Double Your Donation with Matching Gifts!
Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these workplace giving programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift! We recommend you check with your HR department in case programs have changed.
Five steps to getting your donation matched by your company:
- Contact your Human Resources department to find out if your company will match gifts to Hopelink.
- Complete paperwork and send forms to:
P.O. Box 3577
Redmond, WA 98073-3577
- Complete the online matching gift form. Your company will then generate a confirmation correspondence to Hopelink.
- Hopelink will verify your donation amount with your company.
- Your company will remit matching funds directly to Hopelink.
Matching Gift Frequently Asked Questions
Many companies set aside special funds each year to match contributions their employees make to qualified non-profit organizations. Most often, the companies match contributions dollar for dollar, but matches can vary. Check your company’s matching guidelines. Employer matching gifts increase the impact of your personal support and mean more resources for the community Hopelink serves.
The employee must initiate the matching gift process. This usually means contacting your employer or former employer to obtain the proper form, completing the form, and mailing it to Hopelink as soon as possible. Hopelink verifies that the contribution was received, and that it qualifies for a match. Hopelink then sends the form to your employer for verification. If all of your company’s matching gift guidelines are met, they will issue the matching funds to Hopelink.
No! Unfortunately, this is a common misconception. You must submit a matching gift form with EACH contribution that you make to Hopelink. Some supporters request several forms at once and then just send one with each donation they make.
Most companies require Hopelink to deduct the fair market value of any thank-you gift you received and will only match the remaining portion of your donation. Most companies also require a minimum contribution to qualify for a match.
Not at all! Most companies match gifts from part time employees and retirees, too. Some companies also match gifts from spouses, annuitants, and directors, and match volunteer hours.
Companies do require that Hopelink complete and return the form within a set time period, usually within 90 days – sometimes within the same calendar year that the gift was made. We recommend that you submit your form to Hopelink at the same time you make your contribution or shortly after.